Fast approximate EM induction modeling of metallic and UXO targets using a permeable prism

Michael Asten, Andrew C Duncan

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    The time-domain EM induction response of non-magnetic and magnetic targets can be approximated using a conductive permeable prism composed of six faces of conductive plates, each face being composed of a set of conductive ribbons. The effect of magnetic permeability is included by the use of two quot;apparent flux gathering quot; coefficients, and two quot;effective magnetic permeability quot; coefficients, in the axial and transverse directions. These four magnetic property coefficients are a function of physical properties and geometry of the target, but are independent of prism orientation relative to a transmitter. The approximation algorithm is computationally fast, allowing inversions for target parameters to be achieved in seconds. The model is tested on profiles acquired with a Geonics EM63 time-domain EM metal detector over a non-magnetic copper pipe target, and a steel artillery shell in horizontal and vertical orientations. Results show that this approximation to a permeable prism has a capability of fitting geometric, conductivity and magnetic parameters at both early and late sample times. The magnetic parameters show strong change from early to late times on the EMI decay curve, indicating that the magnetic properties of the target have non-linear characteristics. It is proposed that these magnetic parameters and the nature of their non-linearity may carry additional discrimination information for distinguishing between intact munitions and scrap in UXO studies. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235 - 242
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Applied Geophysics
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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